Author: Alison Miles

A message from CEO Sally Lees

23 July 2020: Letter to parents & carers from Sally Lees, CEO of the Tenterden Schools Trust As we come to the close of this academic year, I wanted to take the opportunity to say how much we all appreciate the support you have given the staff, leaders and Headteachers in your schools during these…
Read more

School survey reveals surge in science engagement

A survey conducted at Homewood has revealed a surge in engagement with science amongst its teenage pupils, as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the ‘Coronavirus, Science and Your Future’ survey, almost three quarters of those studying for GCSE and A levels who completed questionnaires said that Covid-19 has changed their view of…
Read more

Virtual Sports Week takes Homewood to Scotland and back

Homewood’s first ever whole school Virtual Sports Week has been a great success. By running, walking and cycling, the school travelled over 4,784km in a Race Across The UK. This meant that not only was the ultimate destination of John O’Groats reached but Homewood’s runners and riders could almost have made the journey there and…
Read more

18th birthday wing walk raises £4,000 for MIND

Whilst many teenagers are dreaming of one day holding cancelled 18th birthday parties, one Homewood sixth former took to the skies for her celebrations and has raised over £4,000 for charity. Brave Abbie marked her 18th birthday by undertaking a wing walk at Headcorn Aerodrome at Sunday 12 July in aid of mental health charity…
Read more

Tenterden Primary Federation gains Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing Award

Tenterden Primary Federation (TPF) has received a coveted Kent Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing. This important Quality Mark, launched in 2019, recognises and celebrates everything that supports young people’s emotional wellbeing through a whole school approach. It is awarded by Kent County Council through HeadStart Kent, and is funded by the National Lottery Community…
Read more

Unsung heroes of school re-opening: the premises and cleaning staff

With 500+ students and 60+ teaching and associate staff now regularly on site each week, it’s time to celebrate the unsung Homewood heroes: our premises team and the cleaning staff at Town & Country. Opening the school in any capacity just wouldn’t have been possible without a massive effort to reorganise classrooms, routes and common…
Read more

TST Small School expansion at Homewood

Friday 5 June 2020: Over the last 11 weeks, the Tenterden Schools Trust Small School has been catering safely and successfully for the children of key workers and vulnerable children with specific needs on the Homewood School site. Whilst continuing with this important provision, we are now gradually expanding the TST Small School to cater…
Read more

Teachers’ PPE sewing team hits 10,000-piece milestone

The heroic lockdown sewing efforts of a group of Homewood teachers and volunteers has reached a major milestone in making a difference in the current crisis. The self-styled ‘PPE Team Tenterden’, set up by Homewood science teacher Mrs Chloe Falder, has produced its 10,000th piece of PPE for frontline healthcare workers and care home staff.…
Read more

Homewood IB students learn real meaning of service during lockdown

Homewood’s Year 13 International Baccalaureate (IB) students are actively demonstrating how the ethos of Service Learning, which is part of the course, can translate into the real world at a time of great need. They have been helping in the local community during the current crisis in many different ways. Two students have taken time…
Read more

Homewood’s ‘Game On’ efforts raise thousands for Sport Relief

Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre has raised over £2,500 for Sport Relief, with its week of fun fundraising involving students, staff, parents and the local community. The five days of activity were also aimed at raising awareness of the ways in which involvement in sport can help both mental wellbeing and academic success. In…
Read more